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  • Salma Hayek Pinault's 5 Tricks for Busting a Bad Mood

    By Lori Berger, REDBOOK

    Sometimes this intense girl-Salma Heyek Pinault-needs to lighten up a little. You too? Try her fixes.

    1. Move your butt.
    "It's the hardest thing to do, but exercise-even if it's just a brisk walk. I never used to, but it can really give you an instant lift. And try to eat something healthy too."

    2. Primp a little.
    "Get a pedicure, and if that isn't working, go get a wax job! Sometimes a new lipstick just helps. Beauty products always cheer me up and give me hope. If it makes you feel pretty, why not?"

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    3. Be a private dancer.
    "If you're feeling blue, lock yourself in a room, stand in front of a mirror, and dance - and laugh at yourself and be sexy. Dance the silliest and ugliest you've ever danced. Make fun of yourself and try to recover your sense of humor. I do that with Valentina, especially if she's pouting, and it always works."

    4. Dress up.
    "I was having

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  • By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    No iMac. No iPod. No iPad. There is not even an iPhone in the Andersen household. And yet when I heard the news that Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday evening after a long battle with cancer, I was deeply saddened-for the loss to the world, yes, but also for the loss to my own family. Even though I have never owned an Apple product, Steve Jobs and his legacy have had a profound impact on my life. I don't know if I could say that about any other person. He has affected everything from how I look at advertisements to what I expect my phone to do to how my children learned to speak (in their vernacular, "iPod" is synonymous with "music player"). He even helped take the average computer geek to technology chic, something that I, as a computer-science degree holder and consummate geek, have personally appreciated. So today I offer this tribute to the man behind the Mac:

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    How Steve Jobs changed my

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  • Status Update Envy: What to Do When Facebook Depresses You

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Today, I got to thinking about some pretty dismal topics. People will disappoint you. Friends disappear when you need them most. Family members never call. Kids booby-trap your toilet with Legos, hide the only plunger, and cry so hard over their drowned Jedi cruiser that you fish it out with, yes, your hand. Long story short, I spent today having a first-class pity party.

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    What started this? Facebook. The entire day long, I had watched my friends dress up for parties, wax rhapsodic on literature and politics, and take beautiful pictures of their children at perfect fall picnics they'd easily cooked from scratch-and no one in those pictures threw food at their brothers or screamed, "You cooked squash! I wish I was never born in this family!" With Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter updating us on every fun development in our friends' lives, sometimes it feels like we're the only

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  • 3 Tips to Make Your Flowers Last

    By Julia Malacoff, REDBOOK

    Last night I had the wonderful privilege of participating in a flower arranging workshop with celebrity flower designer and author Michael Gaffney.

    One of the biggest questions we had for the flower expert was: How do we make our fresh-cut flowers last longer? If you're going to splurge on flowers, whether it's for a special occasion or just to brighten up your home, you want them to last as long as possible, right?

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    Here are Michael's 3 tips for getting the most out of your floral arrangement:

    1. Hydration: Flowers wilt because they aren't hydrated enough. Instead of just giving them water through the stems, try turning the whole arrangement upside down and sticking it in a bucket of water for 30 minutes. This technique is especially effective for flowers that tend to dehydrate quickly, such as hydrangeas.

    2. Bleach: Michael told us that those packets that

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  • By Stephanie Dolgoff, REDBOOK

    Photo Credit: Dori KlotzmanPhoto Credit: Dori Klotzman

    I can see the tabloid magazine story now: Jennifer Lopez or some other recently divorced celeb is pictured going to work or herding her kids into the car. The headline reads, "Looking good is the best revenge!" and a "source close to the star" is quoted as saying that the ex is eating his heart out with chopsticks over her new, slimmer-than-ever body but that she's too busy shopping for expensive clothes in absurdly tiny sizes to notice.

    Yes, well. I'm here to tell you that that's not how it is. Like me, these women are on the divorce diet, and I do not recommend it.

    I lost 10 pounds over the course of two months after my marriage collapsed into a heap of steaming rubble. The weight melted away not because I was taking great physical care of myself-quite the opposite. It wasn't willpower; grief and panic filled my stomach, leaving no room for cupcakes. I did the best I could to keep up my strength for myself and my daughters. I exercised

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  • 14 Ways to Speed Through Chores

    By Amelia R. Farquhar, REDBOOK

    From clever laundry tricks to a quick-cleaning kit, find ways to shave minutes (even hours!) off boring household duties. We found these 14 tricks easy and smart ways to save time:

    1. "I made a spreadsheet of the grocery items I buy regularly. The first column lists the items, the second lists whether I need them, and the third I use to check things off as I buy them."

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    2. "Ask your family to button buttons, zip zippers, and turn socks right-side out before they put their dirty clothes in the hamper, to cut down on folding time."

    3. "Have your little ones practice their ABC's by asking them to alphabetize your spice rack. Then you won't have to dig around for what you need."

    4. "I borrow my husband's tool belt and fill the pockets and loops with sponges, spray bottles, dust cloths, and even the cordless telephone. Now I fly through cleaning because I

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  • 10 Weird Objects Your Toddler Gets Attached To

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Dirty Baby joined our family when my just-walking daughter pulled the doll out of a garbage can at the airport (ick) and brought it on the plane with us, at the time a fact we didn't notice because our 4-year-old had lost his shoes somewhere in the terminal and we were frantically searching for them right up until boarding. By the time we noticed Dirty Baby clutched tightly in our daughter's pudgy hands, we were in the air... and everyone knows the last thing you want to do on an airplane is make your kid cry by taking away a toy. But my daughter is not alone with her odd attachment. Many a parent has been stymied by a toddler's insistence on sleeping with a measuring cup rather than the multitude of soft, adorable and appropriate toys in his room. Read on for some of our favorites:

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    1. "My cousin wouldn't sleep without my aunt's silky underclothes. A slip would

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  • 4 Ways to Kid-Proof Your Health

    By Amy Levin-Epstein, REDBOOK

    Being a mom or dad comes with health benefits-lots of feel-good oxytocin from the cuddles, a reduced risk of breast cancer (really)-but a new study from the University of Minnesota Medical School pointed out some sneaky health traps parents can fall into, too. Avoid them with this expert advice.

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    Health Trap #1: You clean your kid's plate.
    Calories add up quickly-the moms in our study easily took in 300 more calories per day than women without kids," says study author Jerica Berge, Ph.D. "That could just be two leftover chicken nuggets." Repeat after us: We are not human garbage disposals! Don't feel bad about tossing your kid's uneaten leftovers if they can't be saved for another day.

    Health Trap #2: Stress is your co-parent.
    Your many roles-chauffeur, nurse, mediator-can leave you frazzled. And chronic stress lowers your defenses against germs and viruses, and may increase your risk of

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  • The Great Mom Debate: Do You Hand out Candy for Halloween?

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    I am the official Halloween Grinch. Most of my attitude stems from a hatred of all things scary and icky. My theory goes that between global warming and O. J. Simpson still roaming free, there are plenty frightening stuff already out there in the real world. I don't need a horror flick to make me pee my pants; I can do that just fine on my own.

    Gummy eyeballs, spaghetti brains, slutty costumes, zombies, haunted houses, faux front-yard cemeteries, and yes, even sparkly vampires: I hate it all. Except for one thing: teeny little children dressed in costumes going door-to-door holding out plastic pumpkins in their dimpled fists. I adore trick-or-treaters. I only have two trick-or-treat rules: they can't be old enough to grow real stubble for their hobo costumes and, also, they have to have a costume. As long as the children meet those two criteria, I will pour sugared confections into their buckets all night long while cooing mom-isms like,

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  • By Perri O. Blumberg, REDBOOK

    Another sleeping dilemma this week, but this time around, no snooze bar button crisis is involved. Tammy, 45 and Mike, 45, have been happily married for 21 years. They both work full time and both start their jobs in the wee hours of the morning, waking before 4a.m., so they like to retire for the evening fairly early. During the night, Tammy likes to have a ceiling fan constantly running and will even open the window in the winter. Mike, who enjoys sharing the bed with his wife, simply prefers warmer temperatures for sleeping. He tries to use blankets and other means to stay warm overnight but just can't get a good night's sleep in the constant chill of their bedroom. As a result, he sometimes sleeps in the guest bedroom, which makes Tammy upset.

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    He says: "I don't mind a little chill in the air, but a freezing room simply shouldn't be an option. Snuggling up next to her doesn't work because that makes

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